Cuban Vaca Frita with a Twist (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto, Soy-Free)


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 Cuban Vaca Frita with a Twist (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto, Soy-Free)

This is the traditional dish in my country Cuba, it´s very rich in the palate, easy to make and brings all the memories of my life there. It´s also a well-known dish internationally.

It´s usually served with white rice and fried ripe plantains or tostones (fried green plantains).

The skirt meat is very tasty for its own, even if it is boiled with water and salt, I really like it, so, when you add some simple ingredients into it, it will become in a savory dish for all the family!

You can see here the traditional recipe below, you will note that I changed it because I want to add some ingredients, and the result it´s super delicious, without denying the original.

So, let´s get started!.

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Cuban Vaca Frita with a Twist (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto, Soy-Free)


CUBAN VACA FRITA WITH A TWIST (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto, Soy-Free)

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Cuban Vaca Frita with a Twist 

Ingredients:
  1. 2 pounds of grass-fed skirt meat                                                                     
  2. 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos
  3. salt to taste
  4. black pepper to taste
  5. 1 large onion sliced divided
  6. 5 large garlic cloves minced
  7. 1 large sweet bell pepper sliced (any will work)
  8. 2 tablespoons of oregano, fresh or dried
  9. 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  10. 2 bay leaves
  11. 1/2-1 teaspoon of paprika
  12. 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  13. 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  14. 1/3 cup of dry red wine or white
  15. 2-3 drops of gluten-free sriracha  (optional)
  16. 2-3 celery stalks (depends on the size)
  17. 1/3 cup of green olives (whole or halved)
  18. 1/2 cup coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil
  19. 1/4 cup of parsley leaves for garnish (optional)
Instructions:

In a pressure cooker, any works, throw water to cover the skirt to boil,  put a teaspoon of salt and adjust the time, I left mine for 30 minutes.

When is cooked, drain the broth and reserve it for another use

With your hands or two forks, shred the meat, like pulled pork.


The original recipe leaves the strips very long, I cut de meat in chunks before putting them to cook, so that it is easier to eat it, but choose which way you want it. Set aside.

Prepare part of the sauce, in a skillet melt 1/4 cup of oil, at medium-low temperature.

Throw the 2 bay leaves and the 3/4 parts of the onion slices, then add the minced garlic until fragrant.

Add to the skillet the meat, oregano, cumin, coconut aminos, lemon juice, black and cayenne peppers, paprika, and stir well.

Then raise the temperature at medium-high frying the meat, pour a little by little oil and stir again until the meat starts to brown.

Add the sweet bell pepper slices, chopped celery stalks, and the green olives halved.

Stir, don´t let the meat burns, but you will want it caramelized and toasted.

Enjoy with salad, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, rice, cauliflower rice, raw salad, steamed salad, bread, etc

Note: I divided the onion slices because at the end I like my vegetables crisp, also the sweet bell pepper, but you can put them all at the beginning, how I said in the instructions.

You can take advantage of cooking your meat before work, at night, etc, and then fried it.








TRADITIONAL CUBAN VACA FRITA (Paleo, Keto, Gluten-Free)

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Traditional Cuban Vaca Frita

Ingredients:                                                                                   
  1. 2 pounds of skirt tawed                  
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Black pepper to taste
  4. 1 large onion sliced divided
  5. 1 large green bell pepper sliced, (red, yellow and orange will work)
  6. 2 tablespoons of oregano
  7. 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  8. 1/2 cup of olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil
  9. 1/4 cup chives chopped for garnish (optional)
      Instructions:

      Repeat the first 5 steps.

      Throw 3/4 parts of the onion slices, stir, then add the minced onion until fragrant.

      Add to the skillet the shredded meat, oregano, and lemon juice.

      Then raise the temperature at medium-high frying the meat, pour a little by little oil and stir again until the meat begins to toast and brown spots appear.

      Add the green bell pepper and a quarter of the onions sliced.

      Continue stirring until the meat is crunchy and the green pepper and onions are tender.

      Enjoy!

      Note: This recipe could be good for AIP diet too if you omit the green bell pepper and black pepper.

      If you like to use as a party treat or, let it be more toast and serve it onto crackers with a little hot sauce in it.

      The green bell pepper is used traditionally but can be replaced by others.

      Did you like this recipe?  will you do it!?

      The recipe makes 4-5 servings
      Time to Cook the meat: 30 min
      Time to Prepare: 5-10 min 
      Time to Fry it: 10-15 min
      Total Time: 55 min.

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      If you like this, maybe you want to know another Cuban recipe with a twist.

      SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW WITH THE TASTE OF "ROPA VIEJA" (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

      Remember, "Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one". Astrid Alauda. 

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